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Hinshaw's Ofonedu-Ime Goodwyn Selected as a 2019-20 Top 40 under 40 by the National Bar Association

June 20, 2019

Real Estate and Commercial Transactions attorney Ofonedu-Ime Goodwyn, an Associate in the Coral Gables office of the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, has been selected as a member of the 2019-2020 class of the National Bar Association (NBA)’s Top 40 under 40 – Nation’s Best Advocates. An award ceremony honoring the 2019-2020 class will be held in New York City on July 24, 2019.

“Since its inception ten years ago, the NBA’s 40 Under 40 Awards have come to represent perhaps the very best professional award in the country for lawyers under the age of 40. Every year, the program grows both in terms of the quantity and the quality of the entries, and the excellence and diversity of practice areas of this year's 40 winners is proof that we are truly capturing the country’s brightest,” according to Aubrey “Nick” Pittman, Esq., Chair of the 40 Under 40 Awards.  “The thing the awardees have in common is that they each signify a commitment to the practice of law, community service, and social change,” said Pittman.

The NBA’s Top 40 under 40 program recognizes the nation’s top lawyers under 40 who exemplify a broad range of high achievement in innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community involvement.  The group is a cross-section of legal professionals including lawyers from big, medium and small firms, solo and industry practitioners, government lawyers, judges, academicians, corporate counsels, young elected officials, and various other lawyers, all of whom are using their degrees in innovative and community-impacting ways.

Ofonedu’s practice focuses on corporate matters, secured lending transactions, and the acquisition, disposition, development, and leasing of real property. He regularly represents closely held companies, national and regional lenders, and a diverse range of borrowers and developers in a variety of commercial matters. Ofonedu is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, a Community Development Financial Institution that is helping to address South Florida’s affordable housing crisis. He earned a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1925, The National Bar Association is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S based law firm with offices in 11 states and London. The firm's national reputation spans the insurance industry, the professional services sector—including representation of law firms and lawyers—and other highly regulated industries, such as banking and finance and the debt collection sector. Hinshaw also provides a series of closely coordinated litigation, business advisory and transactional services to clients of all sizes as well as governmental and public sector entities.

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